Barra México hosts 26 seminars by spirits industry professionals and bartending icons who are global leaders in their areas of expertise. Confirmed speakers include author and beverage consultant Jacob Grier from Portland, Ore.; bar educator and consultant Philip Duff from New York City; bar consultant Rebecca Sturt from Dubai; and influential international bartenders Marian Beke (The Gibson, London), Tony Pescatori (The Nightjar, London), and Kate Gerwin (Front & Cooper, Santa Cruz), among many others. All seminars feature simultaneous translation in English and Spanish.
The Wizards of Elixirs, a friendly cocktail competition to benefit Napa High School Athletic Boosters. Fashioned in walk-around style at the Culinary Institute of America’s Copia location in Napa, The Wizards of Elixirs invites guests to sample cocktails by 13 of Wine Country’s top bartenders as they vie for the People’s Choice Award and apps prepared by the CIA. After The Wizard of Elixir is crowned, stay for a Halloween costume dance party from 8-11 p.m. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Light bites provided by the CIA.
A few days before National Amaretto Day #nationalamarettoday I gave a talk to the San Francisco chapter of the US Bartenders' Guild about ice.
As science and cocktails are pretty much my two favorite things (with Baywatch coming in a close third), I wish I could attend all of these!
I'm coming to Detroit to give two talks! I hope you can join me.
Enjoy a complimentary Gin & Tonic, buy a book or just get yours signed, and very likely take home a free stocking stuffer with your canned food donation. This is gonna be fun.
In advance of Robert Simonson's San Francisco visit, I sent him some interview questions relating to his book A Proper Drink - the history of the global cocktail renaissance from London to New York to San Francisco.
I'll be giving a repeat of my talk called The Essential Global Guide to Liqueurs.